In a U-shape boucle (curve) in the River Lot, Cahors has the air of a sunbaked Mediterranean town – a reminder that Languedoc lies just to the south. Pastel-coloured buildings line the shady squares of the old medieval quarter, criss-crossed by a labyrinth of alleyways and cul-de-sacs, and bordered by the medieval quays.
Slicing through the centre of Cahors, bd Léon Gambetta – named after the French statesman who was born in Cahors in 1838 – neatly divides Vieux Cahors (old Cahors) to the east and the new city to the west.
The city is ringed on three sides by the quays, which once harboured its river-going traffic but are now mostly used by cyclists, rollerbladers and afternoon strollers.
Cahors destination guides
Compostela Trail - Cahors to Lectoure
Cross rolling hills of the Tarn and Garonne between two of the prettiest towns in the region; Cahors and Lectoure